Exclamation point

As far as I know, there is no Gregg symbol for the exclamation point. So I use two Gregg periods (the short down-sloping stroke), which I find faster and more compact to write than the ” ! “.

(by stratshaw for everyone)

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  1. I think it was Tyler who used a double period to represent the comma.  I like that because to me, it takes longer to ring a comma than to write an exclamation point.  Although, in some of the meetings I attend, the latter is used more frequently by speakers!

  2. The x is the question mark.  At least that's what I've learned.    Okay the anniversary PDF version (angelfishy) shows     period > paragragh x question == dash = hyphen (  or )   with slash through it for parenthesis   that was one of the rules at the beginning.  Didn't show for anything else.  Maybe its somewhere…

  3. I'm a collector of books on shorthand systems. I have the 1960 Living Method Gregg Shorthand Course. It purports to be an intense summary of the principles of the "original" Gregg Shorthand. I haven't figured out the version yet. However, it has a list of the various punctuation symbols (Lesson 112). The exclamation point (!) is written the same as in standard English: !

    I found the Course in an old record shop in mint condition. You can choose the shorthand course you want: Gregg, Pitman, or Rapid Writing and just listen to the records. There's even an advance section for medical, legal, and engineering terms. — Vic/San Jose CA

  4. Although I could be wrong, here's a possible explanation why there is no exclamation point.   When I studied machine shorthand, we did have a way to write the exclamation point. But we were told the only time we would ever use it is for captioning.   It is not supposed to be used in court reporting work. Using the exclamation point would be the reporters interpretation of the speaker;s meaning.  A reporter's job is to record what is spoken, not what the speaker meant.   Generally, the same goes for the secretary taking dictation. There could possibly be an instant someone would want an exclamtion point in a letter, but I would think that would be very rare.   Although the reporter does interpret what is meant to be a question or an answer, that is a more clear-cut matter, and essential to reporting.   Since close captioning wasn't around during most the editions of Gregg, this is a possible reason there is not a way to note this. I could be wrong, but is how I see it.  Just my two cents (which we all know is not worth a heck of a lot these days )    

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